Broccoli Cheddar Soup


If you grew up eating Panera’s rich, cheesy broccoli cheddar soup, you’re going to love this vegan option!

We made this recipe with Panera’s soup in mind. It’s made with plant-based ingredients and is much healthier than the original. For this creamy, delicious soup, you’ll need:

Onion, Garlic, & Broccoli

All Purpose Flour

Vegan Butter (we used this brand)

Rice milk (try this brand!)

Veggie stock (here is an organic option)

Vegan Cheddar cheese (we used Follow Your Heart)

And that’s all! It’s so easy to throw together and is perfect to warm up next to the fireplace with. And the best part? You don’t need to leave the house to get it!

Check out our other hearty recipes to get you through this cold and rainy spring:

Chick’n Noodle Soup

Cashew and Tofu Ricotta Stuffed Shells w/ Sweet Potato

Creamy Curry Pasta

Get cookin’! And make sure to let us know what you think!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Panera's broccoli cheddar soup was a family favorite before going vegan. We made a much healthier yet just as delicious (maybe even better!) vegan version!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch


  • 1 cup white onions chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely diced
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups rice milk plain, unsweetened
  • 3 heaping cups broccoli finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 heaping cups julienned carrots
  • 1 cup vegan cheddar cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter in a large pot on medium heat.
  • Stir in the onions & garlic. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the flour and mix well, until the flour is fully incorporated, creating a roux.
  • Whisk in the vegetable broth and rice milk until roux is completely incorporated.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Bring soup back to medium heat and add broccoli & carrots. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add cheddar cheese (we love Follow Your Heart) and stir until cheese is completely melted.
  • Remove about 1/4 of the soup from the pot and blend in a high speed blender. Add back to the pot. Stir well.
  • Serve, add salt & pepper to taste and enjoy! We love to add croutons or bread to the soup when serving.
Keyword broccoli, cheddar, lunch, soup, vegansoup

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    • Courtney
    • January 21, 2018

    Would you be able to make this a couple days ahead and then heat up?

    1. Reply

      Hi Courtney,
      That should be fine! I had leftovers a few days later and it was still delicious 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Steve
    • April 6, 2020

    5 stars
    Very tasty soup! To make it even more like the Panera version I like to give it a tiny bit of lemon juice right before serving – I used to always grab a lemon wedge at Panera. Thanks for this recipe!

      • Marta
      • April 6, 2020

      Steve’s wife here!
      We’ve been making this soup for a while now, and couldn’t believe there were no raving reviews about it. Best broccoli soup ever, peeps!
      Had to comment to say Steve made this for my birthday (today!) since he knows i love it and we’re quarantine-ing.
      Thanks for the bomb recipes, sisters!

        • Miranda
        • May 10, 2020

        5 stars
        This soup is extremely creamy, comforting, and addicting! I added about 1/4 cup of nooch as well

    • Sarah
    • April 27, 2020

    Hey! Does the rice milk make a big difference or can it be an unsweetened soy?

      • Six Vegan Sisters
      • April 28, 2020

      Hi Sarah! We really prefer rice milk in this recipe because of its neutral flavor, but you can swap it out with plain, unsweetened soy milk if necessary.

    • Lynn
    • September 7, 2020

    What brand of vegan cheddar cheese did you use? I avoid all shredded vegan cheese because I’ve found they taste horrible 🙁

      • Alison
      • September 21, 2020

      Hi Lynn!!
      Try Daiya cuttingboard style cheddar!

      • Six Vegan Sisters
      • September 21, 2020

      Hi Lynn! You could try shredding up a Daiya cheddar block if you aren’t a fan of shreds. We also love Violife and Follow Your Heart vegan cheeses!

    • Sophie
    • September 28, 2020

    5 stars
    How many people does this serve?

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